I’ve had this happen many times. I expect everyone has.
Begins with a decision to take a trip.
Might be that two day weekend trip you decide to take because an opportunity arrived, or month-long adventure you’ll take next year. What I’m getting at is not the trip, but that decision – or rather, what happens once that decision is made.
Giving ourselves permission (and/or requirement) to make plans. The sooner the trip, the sooner those plans require actions. Calls to make, bookings, bags to pack.
I had one of those moments recently – I’ve had dozens if not hundreds of them many time before, but I noticed something remarkable as I had those thoughts, made those calls and as I went through my mental checklist of things I need to do, to pack, to arrange. Very little of it is physical, but in my mind there was an immediate reordering of priorities. Short trip, not a lot to re-arrange, but an interesting focus tool to clarify what must be done in the next few days.
I wanted to end with a great travel quote and found too many great ones but not the one I was looking for, so I looked some more.
I remembered it, a great line voiced by Nicholas Erf (Michael Caine) in that old movie, The Magus.
Words of T.S. Eliot, now I’ve found them:
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
It is, for me, more about where my mind goes than where my body is located.